Plane’s descent shows deliberate steering

Cockpit recordings from one of Germanwings flight 9525’s black boxes reveal the last moments in the cockpit before the crash.

“A seat was pushed back,” a source close to the investigation tells AFP. “Then the door opened and closed. Later, knocking is heard. There was no more conversation from that point until the crash.”

The source, who asked not to be identified, says an alarm indicating proximity to the ground could be heard before the moment of impact.

Another official said that the plane’s gently sloping descent into the mountains can only be a result of the pilot steering the plane deliberately.

— AFP contributed

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